|Position:||RB / S / CB|
|40-yard dash:||4.4 (at school), 4.5 (Michigan Nike Camp)|
|Bench Press:||375 pounds ("It might be 400 now, because I did 375 at the beginning of the season.")|
|School:||North College Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio|
Donnie Johnson had a terrific senior season for North College Hills. He rushed for nearly 3000 yards, and scored 35 TDs.
Donnie committed to Illinois on June 29, during an unofficial visit. He later took an official visit to Penn State on September 1 for the Miami game and was thoroughly impressed. Since then, Donnie has favored the Nittany Lions. Today, he decided to make his choice public.
"I just wanted to call you and let you be the first to know that I've committed to Penn State," Donnie said.
"Actually, I've been committed to Penn State, it's just been a silent commitment. I didn't want to go public until I was 100 percent sure that I didn't want to go to Illinois."
Donnie informed the Penn State coaching staff a couple of months ago that he would be coming to Penn State.
Donnie took an official visit to Illinois last weekend.
"Really, I wanted to do that for my parents. My parents wanted me to go to Illinois, so I just visited there to please them. That's it really. They like Illinois because it's closer to home and my father likes the offense so much. With them, it really came down to the distance, but I told them they had to look past that because Penn State is the place I want to be."
Donnie's father has told him that he will travel to see him wherever he plays.
"Bill Kenney called the day I got home [from the official visit to Illinois], Sunday afternoon. The first thing he asked me was if I fell in love with Illinois."
Donnie, of course, told him no.
"I also spoke to Joe Paterno on Monday when I called the school. We just talked about how I'm doing in school and the holidays coming up."
Why did Donnie choose Penn State?
"I just grew up watching Penn State ever since they had Ki-Jana Carter. That's when I really started watching football. I think they were the first team I saw play. It just blew me away from there. I knew I wanted to be a Nittany Lion since then for real.
"Ki-Jana is from Ohio, he and Curtis Enis. I was an Ohio State fan too, but Penn State always came first."
Donnie is also looking forward "to playing for Coach Paterno, probably the greatest college coach ever."
"It will be an honor just to play under him."
Donnie is very confident in his abilities.
"I don't think I have a weakness, honestly."
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